Holiday Eating Tips

By: Heather Haley
By: Heather Haley

The holidays are full of good food but that doesn't necessarily meant it's good for you and diabetics have to be especially careful.
Pam Anderson is a diabetic but she says growing up with a diabetic father made her extra cautious with her health.

"I watched him lose half a foot, I watched him lose toes on the other foot, I watched him lose the sight in one eye, and then finally the other eye, and then a stroke took him," says Anderson.
Dr. Fazal Ahmad is one of Anderson's doctors .
He says the holidays are especially hard on his patients because of the extra food and the extra stress.
"We try to tell them you can binge a little but not to over eat it," says Dr. Ahmad. "Try to taste everything that you want but not to over-eat and watch your carbohydrates."
He says diabetics should not only watch how much sweet food they eat but also how much carbs they take in because they eventually break down in the body into sugars.
Anderson suggests avoiding the fried foods and starting your children on a healthy lifestyle to help keep them from becoming diabetics.
Anderson suggests not staying at the dinner table after eating your Thanksgiving meal so you aren't tempted to keep snacking
"I watched what he went through and I don't want to go through those things and I don't want my children to have to watch me go through those things."

The Great Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie


½ (15 Ounce) Package Refrigerated Piecrust
1 (15 Ounce) Can Pumpkin
¾ Cup SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, Granular
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
½ Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
¾ Cup Half-and-Half
3 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Unfold piecrust; press out fold lines. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under and crimp.

3. Stir together pumpkin and next 7 ingredients until blended. Add eggs and vanilla, stirring until blended. Pour filling into piecrust.

4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until set in the center. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Serves: 8 Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

From: Makers of SPLENDA Sweetener Products

Each serving:
Calories 233 (44% from fat)
Fat 11.6g (Saturated Fat 5.3g)
Carbohydrate 28.1g
Fiber 1.9g
Cholesterol 93mg
Sodium 284mg

November 29, 2006
12:00 NOON

Harlan ARH
1-West Blue Conference Room

Vish Halukurike, M.D.

Diabetes and Your Kidneys

Causes: Too little food, too much insulin or diabetes
medicine, or extra activity.
Onset: Sudden, may progress to insulin shock.

Shaking Fast Heartbeat
Sweating Dizziness
Anxious Hunger
Impaired Vision Weakness/Fatigue
Headache Irritable

What Can You Do?
Drink ½ glass of juice or regular soft drink, or 1
glass of milk, or eat some soft candies (not
Within 20 minutes after treatment, TEST BLOOD
GLUCOSE. If symptoms don’t stop, call your
Then, eat a light snack (1/2 peanut butter or meat
sandwich and ½ glass of milk).

Causes: Too much food, too little insulin or diabetes
medicine, illness or stress.
Onset: Gradual, may progress to diabetic coma.

Extreme Thirst Dry Skin
Hunger Blurred Vision
Drowsiness Decreased Healing
Frequent Urination
What Can You Do?
Test Blood Glucose
If over 200 mg/dL for several tests or for 2 days,
Directions to 1-West Blue
Conference Room

Entering through the Hospital

The 1-West Blue Conference Room
is located in the Skilled Nursing Unit.
Take the elevator to the basement. Follow hallway until you see two
double doors leading to the outside,
then turn left. The Blue Conference
Room is the first door on the left.

Entering From the Employees’
Parking Lot

Go to the Skilled Unit through back
glass doors located at the entrance
to the Skilled Nursing Unit. Turn
right, the Blue Conference Room is
the first door on the left.

You’ll Be Glad You Attended!

Help avoid long-term problems by doing the following:
• Follow your plan for meals, exercise, and medication.
• Test and record your blood sugar level regularly.
• Have our blood pressure checked often.
• Have a complete eye exam every year.
• Have a hemoglobin A1c test done at least yearly.
• Have a Lipid Profile and Kidney Function test once a year.
• Have a dental exam twice a year.
• Have your urine tested for protein every year.

• Have your blood fat levels checked.
• Have a foot exam every three months.
• Check your feet and skin every day.
• If you smoke, stop.
• Take charge of your diabetes!
Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital

Diabetic Support Group

“We Care About Your Health”

Phone: 606-574-8049


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